The ARL’s Crisis Care program provides temporary care for the pets of families or individuals experiencing a crisis due to domestic violence, hospitalization, medical treatment, military leave, natural disaster, or housing issues.
The program serves as a safety net when there are no other options for the pets to be cared for, thus ensuring the safety of the family and their pet. We provide the pet(s) with short-term care, veterinary care and exams, food, and socialization. We also provide spay/neuter surgeries, vaccinations, microchips, and other pet-care resources to enhance well-being and stability once everyone is reunited.
The Crisis Care program works in collaboration with both the family/individual and their service providers to create a safe and appropriate care plan for reunification. In cases of domestic violence, we often assist with advanced planning to make clients aware of our services and to ensure a safe transition into the program. By providing these temporary resources, the Crisis Care program prevents pet owners from being permanently separated from their pets and reduces further heartache during an already stressful time.
** This program is currently only available for residents of the Des Moines area. **